Intracompartmental sepsis in burn patients

Robert L. Sheridan, Ronald G. Tompkins, William F. McManus, Basil A. Pruitt

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An uncommon cause of sepsis in patients with large burns is occult intracompartmental infection. A multi-institution review of 1171 burn admissions identified 5 patients (0.4%) who developed intracompartmental sepsis presenting with fever and purulent drainage or fever, erythema, and swelling on clinical examination. Contributing factors may have included high-volume resuscitation, delayed escharotomy, extravasated intraosseous infusion, cannulation-related arterial injury, and splinting or positioning difficulties. A high index of suspicion and an aggressive surgical approach facilitate successful management of this unusual problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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